Beyond the Book Festival with Jessica Fechtor, author of Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
Tickets are $10 per person and lunch is included. To purchase tickets, contact the JCC Front Desk at 757-321-2338. Author signing and book purchases will be available at this event.
Everyone experiences some moment when their life skips off the rails, free-falling in uncertainty, bracing for the blow. Some say things happen for a reason and some make their own reasons for the things that happen. For Jessica Fechtor, it was an aneurysm, a vessel burst in her brain during a simple jog on a treadmill at 28 years old.
Newly married and a Harvard PhD candidate in Jewish Literature, Fechtor awakened in the hospital to find she had lost her sense of smell, sight in her left eye and now inhabited a body that in her words had a “broken brain.” Muscularly weakened and with depth perception impaired, she began the slow road to recovery with physical therapy and surgeries, catching glimpses of her old life from the sidelines.
Drawing on the restorative power of cooking, Fechtor’s journey to recovery began in her kitchen. Coming to terms with such an event, however, depends on one’s personal constitution. She chose to write a memoir, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home. A beautiful inquiry into the nature of resilience and the choices that define us, Stir is now a national bestseller. Winner of the 2015 Living Now Book Award, Stir has been praised by The Wall Street Journal as “a recipe for living a life of meaning.”
Jessica Fechtor will be at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus to share her unique story of survival, defining her birth as a writer—all stitched together with comforting family recipes. Tickets are $10 per person and lunch is included. To purchase tickets, contact the JCC Front Desk at 757-321-2338. Author signing and book purchases will be available at this event.
For more information, contact Cultural Arts Director, Michele Goldberg at email@example.com or call 757-321-2341.Beyond the Book Festival, an extension of Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival, is presented by the Simon Family JCC in partnership with The Jewish Family Service of Tidewater.
*of blessed memory